Judges 7:22† ďWhen the three hundred trumpets sounded, the Lord caused the men throughout the camp to turn on each other with their swords.Ē
As I write this, I am on
vacation, up in my
Well, it seems that I called the police on a bellowing moose.† I donít think itís general practice to arrest a moose for disturbing the peace, so no one is in custody this morning; but the whole thing caused me to have a deep sense of camaraderie with the Midianites whose army got frightened and killed each other when they heard Gideonís men blowing trumpets and smashing jars.
The themes of fear and
trust run throughout this military tale.†
God wants to teach Gideon that it is God and not military might that
wins the battle.† Thatís a good thing,
because when Gideon offers that anyone in
Three hundred men canít
possibly defeat an army by their own might, and in the end, the battle is won
just by causing enough strange noises in the dark to frighten the other army
into self-destruction.† The men of
Yes, itís one of those
bloody, heads-on-a-platter Old Testament stories, but then it was written in a
bloody, heads-on-a-platter type age.† The
war tactics are not the message.† The
message is to trust God to keep promises.†
God promised to make a way into the Promised Land for
And thatís still the challenge to us today.† Do you let fear or trust rule your life?† Fear led to the Midianites turning on each otherÖand to me trying to have a moose arrested.† Trusting in God gave Gideon the victory.
Life often scares the pants off us, God.† The enemies seem numerous and threatening.† Help us to put our trust in you.† Amen.
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